Last week I had the pleasure of seeing the Rockettes perform live in the Spring Spectacular, and I loved it! When you first walk into Radio City Music Hall you are greeted by an usher who hands you a wristband and a pair of 3D glasses. I had no idea what to expect from the show, as I have never seen the Christmas Spectacular, so I was really excited. My seats were in the first mezzanine, 5th row, and I had a great view. Radio City is an incredible venue and this is one of the most amazing shows in NYC!
The Spring Spectacular is an all-new show at Radio City Music Hall and stars Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti and Emmy Award-winner Derek Hough. The story is about a man named Bernie, played by Lenny Wolpe, an old tour guide who is going to get fired by Jenna (Benanti). Jenna thinks a digital tour would be better than a personally guided tour, and challenges Bernie to give the tour of a lifetime. Derek Hough stars as his friend, Jack, who tries to keep Jenna from firing Bernie.
The show takes the audience on a spectacular adventure across New York City. Some of the more memorable scenes include a stop at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the dancing ballerina comes to life from the picture on the wall, a trip to the Statue of Liberty (voiced by Whoopi Goldberg), and a jaunt in Central Park where the talking Alice statue keeps you guessing what is going to happen next. Bursting with amazing new dance numbers by the Rockettes, the New York Spring Spectacular is a great show for the whole family. It’s a love letter to New York City!
My favorite dance number that the Rockettes performed was the opening “Welcome to New York” by Taylor Swift. It was a great, energetic way to welcome the audience to the show. It made me wish I was a Rockette! Another great number was “Singin’ in the Rain“, where the Rockettes dance with actual water falling on them. Derek Hough is an awesome dancer, I especially loved how he imitated Gene Kelly. It was also great to see LaVon Fisher-Wilson perform “Coming to America” when the show makes a stop at Ellis Island. I saw LaVon many time while she was in Newsies, her voice is so powerful that I could listen to it over and over again.
This was the first time I got to see Derek Hough perform live. I have been watching him for years on Dancing With the Stars and he did not disappoint. Every move he made was flawless. I also got to meet him at the stage door; he is so gracious to all his fans.
The scenery and set design are amazing! From the talking Alice Statue in Central Park to the lions outside the library, they look so real and life-like. There are so many other good parts to the show, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. The show is a limited run, so get up and go see it before May 3rd!
If you decide to see The Spring Spectacular, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Radio City is huge but there are great views from the mezzanine
- Lots of leg room, very comfortable seats
- Women’s bathrooms are very clean, but only 8 stalls on each tier of mezzanine. The Grand Lounge level has beautiful, large restrooms for both men & women.
- The stage door is located on 51st Street.
- The Rockettes are truly spectacular!